Will 16 House GOP members keep John Boehner from a 1990 replay? Losing the base — and the House.
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By election night of 1992, the presidency of George H.W. Bush was toast. Abandoned wholesale by the Republican base, he received a mere 37% of the vote.
One would think there’s a lesson here for Speaker Boehner and his lieutenants.
To wit: if they abandon conservative principle, the GOP House is in serious danger of defeat in 2014 — by the Republican base.
Just as all those GOP House seats went down the drain in the 1990 mid-terms, and just as those lost House seats were followed by the Bush 41 presidency itself two years later in 1992, so too is Boehner seriously endangering the House GOP in the 2014 mid-terms.
It should be noted here that no less than Richard Viguerie has now come forth with the very same criticisms of Speaker Boehner that he made back in December of 1990 about President Bush 41.
Almost 22 years to the day, Viguerie has written this piece on his Conservative HQ website. Having all-too accurately predicted what was to happen to the GOP in 1992 because of Bush’s broken tax pledge, this time Viguerie is flatly calling for Boehner’s defeat in order to save the GOP House in 2014. Writes Viguerie:
What Boehner and the rest of the Republican establishment seems to have forgotten is that thanks to their failed leadership, if just 16 members of the Republican conference abstain from voting for Boehner as Speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to re-elect him as Speaker.
Just 16 principled Republicans could change the world.
The House switchboard is (202) 224-3121. Please pick-up the telephone NOW, call your Congressman and ask him or her to abstain from voting for John Boehner as Speaker — or better yet, to vote for a principled conservative, such as Representative Tom Price of Georgia, Jim Jordan of Ohio or one of the principled conservatives who were punished for sticking to their principles: Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash, Walter Jones or David Schweikert.
The only difference in this corner with the always estimable Mr. Viguerie is the belief that the Boehner problem would be much better resolved by selecting a House speaker from outside the House itself instead of one from the inside.
While I mentioned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for the job a few weeks back (and the Governor politely declined), the Constitution does indeed provide for a non-member as Speaker. The case for a non-House member as Speaker to replace Boehner was put wonderfully well just yesterday here at The American Spectator by Peter Ferrara in this piece headlined: “Replacing Speaker Boehner: Here’s how and why it has to be done.”
Without even mentioning the Bush disaster, Peter sums up today’s case for replacing Boehner with an outsider this way:
That is what is needed now most of all. An articulate Republican who can take on Obama and his dishonest, false narratives. About the rich, the budget, spending, taxes and debt. About energy and the environment. About the Obama record, and the longest trail of broken promises in world history.
Steve Forbes could be named Speaker of the House. Or Larry Kudlow. Or Steve Moore. Or Paul Gigot. Or Grover Norquist. Or Rush Limbaugh. Or Sean Hannity. Or Mark Levin. Someone who can talk, explain, tutor, and at last who knows what he is talking about. How about R. Emmett Tyrrell? Hell, they could even bring Gingrich back.
We’re fans here of all of these people… and heaven knows there are surely others out there.
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